Welcome to Newcastle, the vibrant capital of northeast England. A city celebrated as much for its nightlife as for its friendly Geordie welcome, Newcastle welcomes visitors with as arms as open wide as its iconic statue, the Angel of the North. Breeze through Southampton airport and fly to Newcastle in a little over an hour. It’s a great place to spend a weekend, or set off into the far reaches of northeast England.

Set on the spectacular River Tyne, you’ve got Newcastle on the north bank and Gateshead on the south bank. Together Newcastle Gateshead has culture, heritage, shopping, museums, award-winning dining, sport and that nightlight in leaps and bounds.

It’s here you’ll find more theatres per person than anywhere in the UK. Take in the regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, enjoy the latest shows, concerts and tributes at the Metro Radio Arena as well as The Sage Gateshead.

But if the city gets too much, just down the road you’ll find mile after mile of stunning coastline – and some of the UK's best beaches.

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Getting there

Flybe flies to Newcastle airport in just over an hour. Great for business, weekends and more, the airport is just 6 miles out of the city centre.

Fly in and pick up a hire car, or travel into the city centre by Metro, bus, train or taxi. Or get your own chauffeur; there are plenty of ways to get around Tyne & Wear.

Top things to see and do

The Castle

Climb to the keep and see the castle that gave Newcastle its name. It’s one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and it’s reputedly one of Newcastle’s most haunted spots.

Art trail

The Baltic is the biggest free art gallery of its kind. A massive contemporary art space set on the South Tyne, it’s a must-see.

Building Bridges

Many bridges link the north and south banks of the Tyne, but none so spectacular as the Millennium Bridge. Make sure to go when it’s tilting time.

Off the beaten track

Beautiful Game

If football is more your thing, St James’ Park can organise a very special private stadium tour where you can see everything from the dugouts to the players lounge.

Mother’s Ruin

Pleased to Meet You is a Gin Palace with a difference. Set in a historic building, there’s more than 50 types of gin practically on tap. Apply with food.

Longsands Beach

There are plenty of urban – and not so urban – beaches on this lovely stretch of the English coastline. But Longsands is a beach much loved by locals and surfers alike.

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